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University of Wisconsin-Madison - 2017

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Undergraduate Admission to the College of Engineering

To be considered for admission to UW-Madison and direct admission to the College of Engineering (CoE), students need to indicate an engineering major or engineering undecided as their first choice on their application. Directly admitted students need to meet progression requirements at the end of the first year to guarantee advancement in that program.

To be considered for admission to the CoE as a freshman, most admitted students complete 19-22 units of high school coursework, 4 units of English, 4 units of math, 3-4 units of social studies, 3-4 units of science, 3-4 units of a single foreign language, and 2 units of additional academics/fine arts.

Students for whom English is not their first language and who have studied in a language other than English, must take an official test of English as a foreign language. UW-Madison accepts both the TOEFL and the IELTS tests.

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Undergraduate Admission to an Engineering Department

To automatically progress in a College of Engineering (CoE) degree program after direct admission or to switch between engineering degree programs, students must complete the following requirements after their first two semesters of residency at UW-Madison:
" 24 credits completed at UW-Madison. Special topics, independent study, seminar, pass/fail, and credit/no credit courses will not be included in the 24 credits except for required InterEGR 110 and English as a Second Language courses.
" General Education Communications Part A (Comm A) requirement. If Comm A is not completed as a graded course at UW-Madison (i.e. completed through placement test, AP/IB, or transfer credit), then a liberal studies course of at least 3 credits with a breadth designation of Humanities, Literature, or Social Sciences must be taken on a graded basis at UW-Madison.
" Introduction to Engineering: InterEGR 110
" Math course sequence through Math 222 or Math 276
" Four core courses, required for engineering degree programs, completed at UW-Madison (courses that fulfill the 4 core course requirement are specified in regulation 3 at:
" Core and Overall GPA requirements must be satisfied as defined by CoE departments for each engineering degree program ( All graded UW-Madison courses referenced in the 4 core course requirements and any departmental engineering courses level 200 or above will be counted in the Core GPA (excludes EPD, InterEGR, special topics, independent study, and seminar courses). All graded UW-Madison courses are counted in the Overall GPA. For one and only one of these core courses that a student has repeated, the more recent of the two grades will be used in the calculation of Core and Overall GPAs. Students may not be on academic probation for GPA reasons for automatic completion of first year progression requirements.
Students who do not meet the first year progression requirements to automatically progress in a degree program can be considered for non-automatic progression or extension.

Residency Requirements

30 credits in residence in the College of Engineering, including 15 credits of work in the degree-granting department; last two semesters in residence in the College as a full-time student.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Students may apply for transfer admission to the College of Engineering at UW-Madison if they have earned more than 24 graded transferable college credits and not more than 80 transferable semester credits. Individuals who have already earned an undergraduate degree are not eligible to apply.

To be considered for admission to the College of Engineering as an off-campus transfer student, students must meet the university’s general transfer admission requirements. Most admitted transfer students establish a strong foundation in calculus, chemistry, physics, English composition, liberal studies, and other courses relevant to their intended engineering program. An Introduction to Engineering course is recommended but not required for transfer students.

Soon after notification of admission to the College of Engineering, transfer students will be invited to submit a supplemental application to meet progression in intended program. If the application is approved, they may continue in their program needing to fulfill only the graduation requirements after transfer.

Students who do not meet progression requirements before transfer must do so after transfer by meeting meet course, credit, and CoE departmental GPA requirements in two semesters in residency.

Number of Transfer Students from:

A two-year community junior college where they were full-time students: 23
A four-year college or university where they were full-time students: 27